Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Government is committed to evolve new India, free of hunger and deprivation, by the year 2022. Village Level Entrepreneur (VLE), the ambassadors of change, will play a major role in bringing about revolutionary changes in rural India. The Minister said the NDA Government has total faith in these agents of change. He said, with Patanjali and IFFCO, agreeing to provide their range of products from these outlets, the scope and viability of Common Services Centres (CSC) will get a big boost.
Addressing more than 2,500 VLEs, the Minister hailed the outstanding efforts of CSC-VLEs in delivering digital services in rural India. He praised the women VLEs, who provide government services through their CSCs in far flung areas, particularly mentioning the name of Janki Kashyap, who provides digital services in the naxal affected area of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
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The Minister announced that his Ministry would send five best performing women VLEs to the United States and further award Rs. 1 lakh to outstanding District VLE societies. He also administered ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ pledge to all VLEs and officials present on the occasion. He said that, 40,000 CSCs have registered with Patanjali for medical tele-consultations through 800 ayurvedic practitioners, benefiting citizens in rural India.
On the occasion, Acharya Balkrishna, CEO, Patanjali, announced provision of free Yoga training to CSC-VLEs at Patanjali Yog Pith to teach Yoga in rural areas to realise the dream of making India disease free. While speaking on the occasion, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), admired the achievements of CSC-VLEs in discharging Aadhaar services in rural areas. Bhushan said, VLEs in rural areas have helped UIDAI in enrolling small children, old people, patients and those who could not travel to Aadhaar centres by enrolling them by visiting their households.